How We
Can Help

We help companies to identify their optimal business location and implement their relocation or expansion project as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our team benefits from experience working with businesses of all sizes, across all industry sectors and from international locations including the US, Asia, Europe and the UK.

Our services are free-of-charge, bespoke and confidential, delivered both directly and through our network of approved business partners

Support for
expanding businesses

Working with our business partners, we deliver a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support you through every stage of your business relocation or expansion, from location assessment and business planning to project completion – helping you get ready to do business.

Our range of support services includes, but is not limited to . . .

  • Understanding the UK business and regulatory environment
  • Evaluating and selecting your ideal business location and property/site
  • Setting up and business planning your UK operation (financial and legal advice)
  • Identifying potential sources of business funding
  • Building your local supply chain and business networks
  • Recruiting and training your high-quality workforce
  • Accessing university knowledge and research/development expertise


Through our network of business partners, we can broker access to a wide range of business funding solutions, including bank loans, venture capital finance and government grants and incentives. Examples of current funding opportunities include...

  • The Tendring SME Growth Fund - a £750,000 programme to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The scheme will provide grants for new and existing businesses and the grants are intended to contribute to the costs of starting up or growing a business. Read more here.
  • Business Development Rate Relief Scheme Eligible businesses in the Uttlesford District can apply for discount on business rates. Read more here.
  • £500,000 Business Growth Loan Fund For Innovative Businesses. Growing businesses in the Braintree District area invited to apply for capital investment loans. Read more here.

Free High
Value Services

We provide high-value services to relocating and expanding businesses on a no-fee basis. INVEST Essex is fully funded to help businesses grow and prosper in one of the UK and Europe’s most dynamic business locations.


High-quality information is key to a successful business relocation or expansion project.

Utilising our knowledge, experience and business networks, we can provide the reliable information and data required to facilitate your project’s success.

Our business research services include . . .

  • Commercial property and site searches and evaluations
  • Identification of business funding solutions, including grant funding
  • Labour market analysis and profiling to inform workforce recruitment
  • Bespoke research to support business plan development
  • Identification of university research and development partners
  • Local industry sector profiling and market validation

Recruitment &

Our specialist recruitment and training/education partners can help you to identify, recruit and train people with the ideal profiles, experience, skills and qualifications for your business.


Our property portfolio contains the most up to date listings of all the properties within our geography. Comprehensive information about each property in our property database can be downloaded or searched at the click of a button.

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What businesses say

Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

+44 (0) 7515 199255


Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.

David Rooke
David Rooke

Inward Investment Manager

+44 (0) 7989 380435


In a career spanning over 30 years David’s experience includes large-scale factory management and 17 years in inward investment. David has worked with a wide range of major corporates and organisations in the UK and overseas, advising on inward investment projects, business relocations, expansion and consolidation projects.

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex and Life Sciences & Healthcare Cluster)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667


With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.

Dave Russell-Graham
Dave Russell-Graham

Inward Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

+44 (0) 7881 310776


With over 30 years’ experience in the life sciences and healthcare sector Dave has an extensive range of contacts in the industry as well as experience in pharmaceutical development through to facility refurbishment and fit out. Dave’s work has predominantly been with major pharmaceutical companies, and in 2011 he was a key player in the deal between Pfizer and Mylan for Pfizer’s respiratory technology platform. More recently he has worked as the Scientific Development Advisor for Harlow Science Park.